This Boat In Portland Is Actually A Museum And Here's Why You'll Want To Visit
Sitting on the waterfront in downtown Portland is the
Portland, the last operating steam-powered sternwheel tug in the United States. Today this fascinating ship is a museum and boat-lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy this interesting look at maritime history when touring this historic boat.
The Portland is moored on the Willamette River near Waterfront Park at SW Naito and Pine Street.
It's hard to miss the expansive boat that has been sailing since 1947. In its heyday, the ship's power was essential in moving loaded ocean-going ships to sea.
Descend the ramp to the Portland and you will be in another world of sailing and the rich history of our city.
Admission to the museum gives you a guided tour by a docent.
Look around the pilot house and engine room, and learn the fascinating history of our area's waterways.
Ship models, maritime memorabilia, and artifacts make the visit all the more educational.
The museum has been in place since 1994 after nearly 15 years of restoration.
The ship was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
The Portland was taken out of commission in 1981 after over 30 years of service, and the ship fell onto hard times and rotted down to its steel housing before restoration began.
Restored to its original glory, there is something for everyone here.
From steam power to WWII shipbuilding and the merchant marines that operated them, this museum is an amazing look into history.
An onboard library and store allow you to peruse maritime history in the Northwest and even take a little something home to remember the trip.
The Oregon Maritime Museum is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The museum is open from 11 am to 4 pm. Tours take about 45 minutes, making the last admission at 3:15 pm.
For more information, visit the
Oregon Maritime Museum website. The museum is closed until January 31, but will resume regular operating hours starting in February.
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